“Among the many buds proclaiming May
Decking the fields in holiday array,
Striving who shall surpass in braverie,
Marke the faire flowering of the Hawthorne tree
Who finely clothed in a robe of white,
Fills full the wanton eye with May’s delight.” –Chaucer
The month of May is becoming a favorite; great baseball game weather, the few flowers we have are bright and blooming and we get to put in our garden. The strawberries I planted last Fall didn’t take, but one or two survived, perhaps fresh berries next year? Gardening always fills one with hope. May also felt more harmonious than the previous few months, especially near the end-we got so busy that I didn’t take time to dwell on any uncertain life circumstances. Soon we’ll know the outcome of the situation, still hoping for the best.
This is mostly a diet life update, so if searching for wax finds, I listed a few new faves, just skip down to the bottom:)
Keto diet (sort of):
Feeling that I needed a major change (prompted by almost tipping the scale at a number I’d never crossed before) I have begun a version of the Ketogenic diet. Before I even get into it, let me say-I know this is not the healthiest diet, or lifestyle, but it is also not the worst I’ve experienced. I am NO expert, I’ll link to some info for beginners here, but I do a pseudo-version in which I stick to a range of 40-50 grams of carbs consumed a day (lots of Keto plans promote 20 carbs or under), I’ve only hit that a few times and only attempt when I feel I have good energy and am not starving myself. I don’t even calculate my macros (gasp! I know, told you-it’s psuedo).
Why then, am I undertaking this particular diet? Simply put, results. I’d seen mention of it online, by real people who I follow, with some convincing evidence that it works. I looked into it and was aghast at the ridiculous number of carbohydrates I was consuming daily, well into the upper hundreds, likely near a thousand. I could often be heard quoting the Oprah weight watchers commercial, singing, “I love bread!”
Progress: Week 1: 6 lbs. lost, Week 2: -2 lbs., Week 3: -2 lbs., currently in my 4th week with only two days of going over the carb limit (a wedding and graduation party). I weigh in on Mondays. Down 10 lbs. in 3 weeks is worth the effort to me. I have lost approx 1.25 inches from my waist and already fit into some capri pants that I had outgrown last year. These results are with limited exercise, only jogging twice, as it’s either been pouring rain, 90 degrees outside, or my schedule has been too hectic. To be honest, the first 3-4 days, I had zero energy to exercise and felt in a complete fog.
Typical daily meals:
My breakfasts: 1/2 Cup of plain, full fat greek yogurt with 1 oz. of berries and a sprinkle of cinnamon with coffee (heavy whipping cream or half-and-half, cinnamon) or one avocado with oil, lemon or lime juice and spices (subtracting the fiber grams from the avocado), or eggs.
Lunches aren’t too exciting: rolled lunch meat with 1 slice of cheese and a pickle + nuts, or a hard-boiled egg with turkey sausage stick and more cheese, a tuna pouch, or small grilled chicken salad with a Tbs. of ranch.
Dinners are some sort of protein (which can be tricky because I don’t eat beef), typically a grilled turkey burger or piece of baked fish (learning to like it), chicken breast with low-carb sauce and always a side of sauteed or steamed veggies, usually kale with almonds, broccoli, etc.
Snacks consist of cheese, cheese and more cheese, nuts, berries, pseudo-pizzas (shredded cheese with turkey pepperoni melted in the oven) pickles, olives, salads.
What I miss the most:
- craft brews
- naan bread
Easiest changes to make:
- ditching coffee creamer
- not eating foods from a box
- goodbye pizza crusts, I was not that into you anyway
- avocados for breakfast, yum.
Why I think it works for me? It’s easy to calculate, if not necessarily a breeze to give up the carbs, at first. Given a number that is simple to track, in which, I just need to stay below that number, I can stick to a diet*. My husband has always said, if you cut out the entire base of the food pyramid, then of course you will lose weight and it’s true, just a matter of replacing that base. I’m happy to see where it leads, especially when I add more exercise, now that I’m over the low-energy hump and feeling pretty good. I’m looking forward to trying some ketogenic staples soon: bulletproof coffee, cauliflower rice and keto cheesecake.
Wax update: My ‘low-buy’ is going well. I purchased from one vendor in May and am looking to maybe replenish some Rosegirls’ mini-melters later in June. It hasn’t been easy to resist (saying no to sugar is easier), but with each vendor restock that I skip, I’m making wax buying less of a priority.
I’ve discovered a few favorite scents that were gifted or dug up from my wax stash too:Sweet Madi- The Bathing Garden: “Sweet vanilla blends with succulent, ripe strawberries and the soft floral of violet and jasmine. Named for my beautiful daughter, Madisyn.” I adore this very sweet combo-with strawberries! I pick up a hint of effervescence from it and it is beautiful.
Ghost Stories by the Fire- The Melting Duck (gifted:)) “Marshmallow fireside, Earl Grey Tea and Vanilla Ice Cream.” A scrumptious blend of strong brewed tea with melted rich vanilla ice cream and smokiness from the toasted mallow. Just when I thought I was over Marshmallow Fireside scents, this one pulled me back in. And I am crazy for tea scents at the moment- planning a post featuring them soon. I do think my taste in wax is changing. Or, I could be replacing my sweets consumption with sweet scents instead.
How is your Spring going, friends? Any changes bringing renewal or refocus to your life, lately? I have read wonderful, weighty books over the last month and am excited to spend sunny Summer days reading out on the deck-which I’m off to do right now.